I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer that needed to be used. I wasn’t so excited about roasting it in the middle of July – hot kitchen! – so I started looking into grilling it. Found this spice rub from Bobby Flay and it turned out to be a delicious dinner that was a hit around the table. Yes, even the ultra-picky, don’t give me anything spicy child liked it. I know there is some cayenne pepper in this but it is not spicy in the least. Trust me, she would have noticed if it were. Delicious flavor and easy to make!
Spice Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
2-4 lbs of pork tenderloin
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
2 teaspoons hot shot (black pepper & cayenne pepper mixed together)
1. Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl. Put your pork tenderloin on a baking sheet or large cutting board and rub in the spices on all sides. Think of massaging the meat while you do this. Let the meat rest at room temperature while you heat the grill.
2. Heat the grill on high heat then turn off the middle burners so you can grill the tenderloin with indirect heat around 350 degrees. Using a charcoal grill? Place a drip pan in the middle of your coals before lighting and put the tenderloin over the drip pan. Grill for 30 minutes, turning once, or until the internal meat temperature is 150 degrees. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.